What should I do if I think my toddler has contracted the West Nile Virus? He was bitten about 5 days ago at his father's, but didn't seem to have anything wrong until yesterday. He has been running a low grade fever since yesterday, sweating (kind of like when you have the flu), and has a "bumpy" rash on his arms and legs. He also has thrown up twice and is sleeping over 4 hours at nap time compared to his regular hour. I don't want to be "that" parent, but I also don't want to regret not asking if it turns into something worse. Thanks
I am concerned because he was has 6 mosquito bites on him that he received at his father's house. He lives in an area that has confirmed cases of WNV. Also, my son has a very strong immune system, and is not prone to getting sick.
He doesn't want to eat or drink hardly at all. He normally drinks quite a bit, but is drinking roughly 3 or 4 ounces at a time.
And he received the bites this past Tuesday, the 23rd.
yes, but I've given him tylenol and his temp is staying at or above 100
Ok, so I'll try ibuprofen for the fever. And when should I be concerned if he isn't better? WNV seems like such a vague virus - but my neighbor's 10 year old died of it last year, and the doctor told her if she had only "brought her in sooner they could have done something." So again, my concern becomes what do I need to pay attention to in case it IS something more serious? I realize it is highly unlikely, but it's already hit so close to home I'm not chancing it.
Ok, thank you. That is essentially what I needed to know. I would rather be overly cautious than something worse happen.
Well thank you. I will keep an eye on him. I appreciate your time and response.